EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies, home to some of the most successful and best known recording artists such as Empire Of The Sun, Coldplay, Gorillaz, Robbie Williams, The Cat Empire, Angus & Julia Stone, Katy Perry, The Chemical Brothers, Birds of Tokyo, John Williamson, Lily Allen, Paul Dempsey and Arctic Monkeys. It is also home to one of the greatest catalogues in the world including Radiohead, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Kraftwerk; and labels such as Parlophone, Virgin, Blue Note, Domino and Spunk.
Through our own companies and network of licensees, we are able to serve our artists, consumers and partners all over the world.
EMI Music brings artists and fans together by driving action and creating value wherever music is experienced.
EMI traces its history back to the very beginnings of recorded sound and music as one of our original companies was founded by the inventor of the gramophone, Emile Berliner.
Since then EMI has always been at the forefront of technology and change. EMI scientists invented stereo recording and were closely involved in the development of magnetic tape. They were also behind the birth of electrical television and radar.
Given our heritage of innovation, when digital music began to take off in the 1990s, EMI was well placed to respond to the new trends. EMI Music’s first websites went live in 1993 and 1994 and in 1998 EMI streamed the first complete album over the internet, Mezzanine by Massive Attack. The following year EMI was the first company to release a digital album download, David Bowie’s …Hours. EMI also launched the first internet video single in 2001. In 2007 EMI became the first major music company to make its music available without digital rights management (DRM) software.
Today EMI Music has agreements with hundreds of digital partners to distribute our music across the globe, covering a huge variety of digital music business models and ideas.
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